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Our Mission

Genius is equally distributed across zip-codes. Access and Opportunity is not.

Impact Ventures is here to change that; we believe in the value of leveraging the genius of all people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or class. We envision an economy where access, opportunity, and prosperity is shared. Our mission is to empower talented, yet under-estimated Women and Communities of Color to build generational wealth through inclusive entrepreneurship, community wealth building, and integrated capital

We believe our communities already possess the genius necessary to lead vibrant, healthy, and stable lives. Through direct entrepreneurial support services, equitable investing, and community wealth building we manifest our greatest equalizer in closing the wealth divide. By creating more equitable and diverse economic systems, we envision an economy where access, opportunity, and prosperity is shared.

Board of Directors

Greer Christian

Ted Hill

Drexel Owusu

Mackenzie Causey

Ben Magill

Marc Womack

Aimee Cunningham

Roy Lopez

Ashford Chancelor

Jennifer Hobson

Annika Cail

John Jaggers

Our Team

We are a team of passionate and experience entrepreneurs, investors, and change agents. We have experienced first hand the challenges of being an under-estimated founder and apply our unique live experiences to ensuring those after us have less barriers and more access. In partnership with our staff, we work with a host of freelancers, agencies, and a network of 160+ mentors to execute high-touch educational and experiential programming.

Benjamin J. Vann

Founder & CEO

Benjamin Vann is a community builder, serial problem solver, and financial activist working at the intersection of technology, impact, policy, and capital. As a 5th generation entrepreneur, he is passionate about building new systems that center marginalized people and move them towards economic freedom and self-determination.

Benjamin currently serves as Impact Ventures Founder & CEO and leads overall strategic direction, executive management, and fundraising efforts. Benjamin’s journey to this work started in banking and corporate finance and evolved into social entrepreneurship, community organizing, global micro-finance, and impact investing. When he is not strategizing on how to leverage capital to heal communities, he enjoys playing music and exploring city sites with his wife Cashmere and two sons Benjamin II and Braxton.

Jennifer James

Sr. Impact Investing Officer
Jennifer James is a consumer-obsessed Product Leader, Creative Partner and Brand Strategist that delivers game-changing product concepts and profitable growth by combining customer and data-driven insights with strong instinct. Creating a culture of belonging is central to her leadership philosophy. Jennifer is at her best working with a teams to develop innovative solutions for consumers to live their best lives.
Jennifer serves as Inclusive Capital Fund Sr. Impact Investment Officer where she leads the due diligence process with qualified candidates of the fund. Jennifer comes from over 10 years of experience entrepreneurship, product development, and technology innovation.  Outside of working with entrepreneurs, Jennifer loves being a sports mom and spending time with her family that includes her husband and 3 kids.

Shambreka Ward

Sr. Program Manager
Shambreka Ward is a creative thinker, organization enthusiast, and servant leadership advocate. She is passionate about activating confidence and innovation in others and propelling their genius to maximum greatness.
Shambreka serves as Impact Ventures Sr. Program Manager where she develops and executes the Impact Venture Accelerators and aids in access to services and resources for founder growth and advancement. Shambreka comes from over 8 years in leadership and training roles in beauty retail, project management, and telecommunications. When she is not exercising her passion for developing others, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and expanding her cultural intelligence through travel and culinary art.

Amanda Viola

Sr. Program Manager

Amanda Viola is a dynamic growth leader, creative business development professional, and passionate diversity advocate.  Stemming from personally being affected by gender/racial disparity throughout her career, she moves to intentionally advocate for historically marginalized groups inside and outside of Impact Ventures.

Her role as Sr. Program Manager focuses on cultivating lasting vision-aligned partnerships that can provide continuous value to founders, mentors, alumni, and the overall accelerator experience.

Amanda’s rich background in marketing and sales operations, with an emphasis on technology product/service, and her strategic customer acquisition experience in the financial, healthcare, retail, transportation, and energy sectors bring a creative perspective toward connecting people to opportunity. She is a resin artist making various custom household goods in her spare time and enjoys exploring new parts of Dallas.

Anisah Khan

Marketing & Events Manager

Anisah Khan is a creative visionary, advocacy seeker, and passionate planner creating lasting impact through story-telling and community-centric events. As a woman and minority, she strives to be a part of innovative movements that close opportunity gaps and help people reach their fullest potential.

In her role as Marketing and Events Manager, Anisah brings her previous nonprofit marketing and communications experience from both local and national organizations – from managing social media accounts and donor communications to her project management efforts. Outside of sharing community stories and bringing people together through her work at Impact Ventures, Anisah enjoys family time as a mother of two, traveling, and living simply by embracing a minimalist lifestyle.

Gina Kennedy

Director of Development
Eugenia “Gina” Kennedy is a master networker, consensus builder, and advocate inspired to bring equity to communities through social change, resource development and self-actualization.
Gina’s passion for breathing belief into others started as a young girl, with parents who opened their hearts and homes to those in the community in need of a glimmer of hope.
Gina currently serves as Director of Development of Impact Ventures. Gina expertly leverages her social currency to connect members of the community and organizations with desired resources. Her professional background of working in social service organizations, serving as a counselor, and grants management have equipped her with the right measure of warmth, passion and determination that will effectively attract attention from potential supporters of Impact Ventures, and raise awareness of the organization’s mission.
When not working, Gina can be found cheering on her son Chase’s sports team, spending time with her family, supporting a friend during an important moment in their life, or serving the community through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
India Stewart

India Stewart

Director of Programs
India Stewart is a data-driven, equity-focused, social impact leader committed to building the just, thriving communities we all deserve. A self-described practical idealist, her research and social impact work focuses on understanding disparities and exploring strategies to increase equitable access to economic, educational, and housing opportunities for all our neighbors and neighborhoods. India serves as Impact Ventures’ Director of Programs, leading the Programs team’s business accelerator and partnership strategies. Prior to joining the Impact Ventures team, India fiercely advocated for underestimated communities in nonprofit leadership and consulting roles across North Texas and taught at the University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, and Dallas College. As part of this crucial work, she can often be found thinking, speaking, and writing about social impact and justice, community building, affordable housing, food justice, sociology, and systems change. In her rare spare time, she enjoys painting, gardening, and spending time with her wife and daughter. 

Join Our Team

Impact Ventures is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, marital status, Veteran status, sexual orientation, nor any other basis prohibited by law.

We are committed to recognizing and rewarding our employees, maintaining a work environment that is fun and exciting, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. We pride ourselves in establishing mutually beneficial relationships with our staff and volunteers.

How to apply:

  1. Review the job opportunities below
  2. Complete the forms at the “Application” button below
  3. Email a copy of application, cover letter, and resume to info@impact-ventures.co

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Impact Ventures believes that sharing the stories and work of under-represented entrepreneurs is important piece to creating a more diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. We invite journalists, bloggers, digital influencers, podcasters, and other media outlets to contact us for opportunities to partner with us in telling our stories.


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